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The season of colorful trees, thick sweaters, and cooler temperatures have finally returned. Even more anticipated — the pumpkin spice latte is back. This year, dive into the local coffee scene and take a sip of the many fall specialties that coffee shops have to offer. These cafes are great community hubs to meet up with friends, finish a midterm essay or simply sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Here’s your guide to the top five places to get your coffee this fall.

The Mocha Nut Coffee Shop

When The Mocha Nut opened in June, members of the Southport community flooded into the hip space. Try its noteworthy Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is a concoction of savory roasted beans and house-made pumpkin spice sauce. Underneath the perfect latte art and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar mix is a rich brew that tastes like fall itself. If you’re looking for something warm minus the caffeine, check out its Apple Cider. Visit them on Facebook at The Mocha Nut Coffee Shop.

Strange Brew

This Southside staple has built up its fall menu for the past 15 years. Kick back into a comfy couch and enjoy one of their many blends — the classic Pumpkin Spice latte, Pumpkin White Mocha, Pumpkin Chai or the brand-new Pumpkin Roll (a latte featuring brown sugar and cinnamon). All of their pumpkin drinks are real pumpkin, and many can be made vegan. Visit them online at strangebrewcoffee.com for more information.

Coffeehouse Five

This for-benefit coffee house, named to reference Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughter House Five,” is seasoned in the endeavor to create the perfect fall menu. This year, they have a drink that will knock your wool socks off: the Turmeric Latte—an organic blend of turmeric, cinnamon, and other spices. Since turmeric has no caffeine, you can enjoy this latte any time of the day. In addition to coffee, they will also be offering a variety of pastries, such as fall scones and slices of bread that will feature fresh apple butter and pumpkins, all locally sourced. Visit them online at coffeehousefive.com for more information.

Brickhouse Coffee Co.

At the Stayton Family’s Brickhouse, located near I-65, you’ll find many blends to suit your taste buds, ranging from the balanced El Corazón to the bold Bourbon Barrel Brazil. For the autumn season, mix it up a bit with their Maple Spice Latte—a mix of Bourbon Barrel Espresso, oak milk, and autumnal essence. Visit them online at brickhousecoffee.co for more information.

Coffee Junkiez

This small coffee joint located at 1121 E Stop 11 Rd is perfect for those on-the-go and looking to get a quick coffee fix. With a drive-through window and speedy service, you can get your Pumpkin craving within a matter of minutes. You can order a Pumpkin Spice Latte with no questions asked year-round. Also, check out their Cinnamon Bun or Apple Pie lattes. Each coffee comes with a chocolate-covered espresso bean to give a boost to your caffeine jolt. Visit them online at coffeejunkiez.com for more info.

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